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Snowy Egret: A Fleeting Moment

posted on February 26th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Snow Egret

I learned early on as a photographer that I need to have my camera ready because you never know what’s around the next turn. For instance, in this photo I only had seconds to take this shot before the Snowy Egret flew away. Not only did I capture the egret’s image, but I also caught this interesting reflection of the bridge in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Jennifer on February 26th, 2010 at 4:46 pm



Kirsten from CA on February 26th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I love the glassy look that the lake under the castle always has. It’s a beautiful picture.


Ron from TX on February 26th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Great shot!
I think I know that bird, or at the least one of his relatives who’s “gotten” in a few of my shots before while at WDW. However, none of my shots are this nice.


Fred from CA on February 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Another beautiful picture! :)


Carlene on February 26th, 2010 at 5:15 pm



Drew on February 26th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Anyone else feel dizzy?


CJ on February 26th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

That is a great shot.


Liza on February 26th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I had to google what an egret was thinking it was a typo. Snowy regret? Anyhoo, beautiful pic.


Katie on February 26th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

how do i get a job as a disneyland photographer!?!?


Mary on February 26th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Mary from Santa Barbara, CA
Beautiful picture!!!! A picture to treasure forever!!!!


Juan-Miguel on February 26th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Beautiful as usual, Paul! Look at this pic upside-down. Its sort of “through the looking glass” surreal. :)


Dina on February 26th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Absolutely beautiful photo! I love these “out of the norm” pictures of Disneyland :) Keep ’em comin’!!!


Dina on February 26th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Pardon me Disney World!


Dina on February 26th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Nope… I was right the first time…okay I need a vacation… hmmm wonder where I should go! LOL!! :)


Amber on February 26th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

ummm… sleeping beauty castle is at disneyland. why is the photo labeled under disney world?


shannon from CA on February 27th, 2010 at 5:10 am

astounding!!! 😀


Kathy on February 27th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

It’s a wonder the swans didn’t chase the egret out! Beautiful!


Nicole on February 27th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

This is amazing. Beautiful photo.


Marisela from CA on March 1st, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I have a 3 year old son and im planning on taking him to disneyland he loves toy story. where should i take him disneyland? or disney california? which has more of toy story? and which is better in general? help!


Fred from CA on March 1st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

At Disneyland, there is the “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters” attraction in Tomorrowland. It features, Buzz, the aliens, and Emperor Zurg.
And in Frontierland, Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye make appearances at the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue.

At California Adventure, there is the very fun “Toy Story Midway Mania” attraction, which features all of the Toy Story characters. And most people tend to agree that it is even better than Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

Generally speaking, Disneyland is considered better than California Adventure, and be aware that there is a lot of construction (and construction walls) going on at California Adventure as the park continues its expansion.

I hope this helps. :)


Amber on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Those labels were changed quickly. =)

Such a beautiful picture. Paul, I want your job. Great job. I loved the one of the foggy morning too!


Matthew from WY on March 3rd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I took my son for his 4th birthday last year around this time. He really liked the Pixar Parade in Disney’s CA Adventure. I though it was boring but he really like Flick’s Fun Fair,a small land which has a few rides meant for young children. His favorite ride was hands down Toy Story Midway Mania, which you are sure to enjoy as well. Not that the Magic Kingdom wasn’t fun but my son didn’t enjoy the dark rides in Fantasyland as much because of the dark. If you have to pick one look at the hours for each, DCA is usually shorter and think of how long a day you and your son can handle. He won’t enjoy the fireworks if he is asleep.